|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Worthenbury Country House is a nostalgic gem, the first of its kind located directly in Southwestern Michigan’s famous wine country, and just a few miles from the rolling dunes and beaches of Lake Michigan. We are committed to give our guests a unique wine country experience.
The Salisbury's invite you to leave behind busy city noises to unwind with quiet country sounds of crickets and birds. Enjoy a quiet evening with your family or friends soaking in the hot tub or lounging on the back porch while gazing at acres of lush vineyards. Take a leisurely stroll next door to Round Barn Winery, or visit any one of a number of other wineries in the area.
Worthenbury boasts three beautifully appointed bedrooms, a complete modern kitchen, and two living rooms. While staying at Worthenbury, your hosts want you to be comfortable, relaxed and content and will do everything possible to make your stay a special one. It is a perfect destination for girl’s weekends, family gatherings, reunions, or wedding parties – not to mention the perfect home base for visits to area wineries.
Worthenbury is in the heart of the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation, an area designated for its ability to produce fine wines. These wines rival those of California, since the area supports the growth of high quality wine grapes such as Cabernet and Chardonnay.
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Keywords: Country House Wine Country Michigan
I was born and spent most of my childhood in Chicago and it's suburbs. The remainder of my years "at home" were at this house. Living here during my teenage years, I attended a local high school. After graduation it was college, then a career at a local company until a few years ago when I decided to go into consulting, and moved back to Chicago. Now I live in Hyde Park, and go to Worthenbury from time to time to enjoy the peace and beauty of the country.
Steve Salisbury purchased this chateau / country house in 1966
In 1966 my parents sought property in Michigan. Living in the suburbs of Chicago, they wanted to live in the country. In October we purchased a nearby 30 acre farm. Over time we purchased the farm on which this house stands, taking our total acreage near 60 acres.
In 1968, we met Len Olsen and Carl Banholzer as we traversed the property they had just purchased to establish Tabor Hill winery. My father was one of the first to plant French Hybrid grapes on the soils of this hilly country.
From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, this farm hosted dozens of families who would come out for a day of picking fresh fruit. In our prime, we had 15 acres of grapes, 4 acres of cherries and 3 acres of peaches. We sold almost all of this to people who came to pick for themselves. We also had 60 honeybee hives and sold all of the honey to these same good people. Finally, we had a wine maker’s shop, where we sold barrels, jugs and other materials for people to make their own wine.
Through the years, my parents sold the original 30 acres and eventually this became the home of the now famous Round Barn winery. Later, my parents sold another 10 acres at the north end of the property, leaving about 18 acres on which this house now stands.
When I decided to open this house as a guest house, I wanted to call it a name that would be meaningful that would set it apart. I wanted a name that would recognize its great rural wine growing heritage, and something to honor the “Salisbury” name. After an exhaustive search and much deliberation, I settled on the name Worthenbury. Worthenbury is the name of a small, rural village in the northeastern area of Wales. It is one of the only places in Wales where grapes are grown. It is also in the proximity of the area from which the Salisbury’s originally came to the New World in 1632, among some of the first settlers of New England.
Worthenbury sits atop a knoll giving us a gentle breeze on even the stillest of days. The back porch is a great place to relax and look out over the vineyards. Strolling through the vineyards is also a pleasant experience, with views stretching for miles to the west.
The big red barn dates back to 1922. Today it is primarily used for storage. When the fruit farm was in full production, the barn housed the wine supply store and the 'nectary,' where the sweet nectar was processed and bottled.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Everything was more wonderful than we could've dreamed of! We had such an awesome time. The hot tub, the bon-fire, the stars at night. Truly breathtaking. It was a nice change of pace from our hectic city lives. We'll be back next year!
Loved the location, the peacefulness, and the hot tub! Within a couple miles of a ton of great wineries!
We really enjoyed our stay. It's a scenic area and the house is well maintained and well-equipped. Wineries, U-Pick farms, and Lake Michigan beaches are a short drive away. We hope to return again someday.
Only 2 hours from home. Great spot convenient to lots of wineries and breweries. A real gem with room for the whole family.
House was clean, well-maintained, well-stocked (had an extension cord...really?), and was clearly loved by the owner. Would definitely return and have reccommended to our friends to stay here.
Thank you Steve for being so accommodating. We had such a wonderful time. You really couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather and scenery. This house was perfect for our needs and we really appreciated the 2-night minimum. The house was very cozy, and the hot tub was a perfect way to end the evening before bed. We made good use of the fire pit, siting around the fire catching up with old friends. Everything we forgot to bring, like magic, was already there for us:) The drive from Chicago was a breeze. Thanks again Steve. Beautiful place you got there.
Worthenbury Country Home was EXACTLY the type of weekend get away we were looking for. We spent last New Year's Eve there and got our groceries as we got into town as suggested and headed to the house. When we arrived, we found everything to be perfectly described with plenty of room for our group of 7 friends. We walked over to the Round Barn Winery which was literally through the field (good wine, but the tasting was a little pricey and for it being New Year's Eve, they were not especially pleasant and were more concerned with getting over to the bar for their own NYE Party. Understandable, but a free drink or tasting for one of the 5 that went is something that would've gone a LONG way and I'm sure we would have purchased MUCH more than we did).
As far as the house goes however, absolutely no complaints. Great Wine Country completely secluded from city life and the perfect weekend getaway location.
Steve was especially accommodating and even late NYE when we couldn't get the tv to work to see the Countdown, we contacted Steve who immediately helped us. I felt awful bothering him, but Steve responded that he was happy to help.
For a small group or family friends wanting to get away, it is a great spot!
Walking distance to the Round Barn Winery, one mile to Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant, two miles to Baroda, and less than seven miles to Bridgman and Lake Michigan, There are many fruit farms in the area that sell fresh fruit and vegetables in season.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
2 Nights = $750
3 Nights = $975
4 Nights = $1150
5 Nights = $1275
6 Nights = $1375
7 Nights = $1450
Additional nights over 7 = $50/night
30% weeknight discount (Sunday thru Thursday; holidays not included)
The rates above are the rates that will be applied. VRBO calculates rates using averages; and does not accurately reflect my actual, lower rates.
Effective Nov 1, 2015, we are eliminating the extra guest fee. Rates above apply for any number of guests (up to 10).
We collect 6% Michigan state sales tax, but there no other charges or fees.